Monday, October 29,2018
I. Policy Intelligence and Education News
· Nate Bailey in as ED Chief of Staff, replacing Josh Venable – Education Department Secretary Betsy DeVos is promoting Nate Bailey to the position of Chief of Staff. He had been the Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Outreach, and shares a Michigan work history with the Secretary. He will replace Josh Venable, who is leaving the Department after working in that position since Secretary DeVos arrived last year.
· Updated FY 2019 education funding charts on CEF’s website – We’ve posted updated charts on CEF’s website that show fiscal year (FY) 2019 education funding levels, including for several categories of spending. The Department of Education on Friday night updated their budget history tables to show FY 2018 and FY 2019 enacted levels, so I will see if there are any other charts I can make now. We are always open to suggestions and requests for charts, so let us know if there’s a chart you think would be helpful!
· Reminder: nominations to run for CEF’s 2019 Board – If you are interested in serving on CEF's Board next year, please email your nomination form by November 15 to Claire Shanklin at Shanklin@CEF.org. The explanatory memo and nomination form are attached (the Update on October 4 lays out the process and specifics in detail).
· Hill Teams meetings scheduled – We are scheduling meetings for CEF Hill Teams with key Appropriations Committee offices, including the Representatives who are interested in replacing the retiring Rep. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) as the Republican leader of the House Appropriations Committee next year, either as Chair or Ranking Member, depending upon which party controls the House then. We have meetings scheduled with the offices of Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) (staffer is Megan Medley) and Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) (staffer is Adrienne Walker). We also have requests pending with Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), as well as Rep. Herrera Beutler, who is on the Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee. As meetings are confirmed we inform Hill Teams members so they can sign up to participate. As always, CEF provides a folder of advocacy materials – including charts and tables on education funding overall and for that particular state/district – and describes the organization and our mission, and each participant talks about how federal education funding in their area makes a difference. If anyone wants to join Hill Teams, please let me know and we’ll add you to that distribution list.
· CEF’s upcoming schedule –
· Friday, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 – No CEF meetings while Congress is in recess.
· Friday, Nov. 16, 9-11am, at AFSCME, 1625 L St, NW, 1st floor conference room. Guest speaker: (tentative) Donni Turner, Senate Budget Committee Democratic staff.
· Friday, Nov. 23 – No CEF meeting while Congress is in recess for Thanksgiving.
· Friday, Nov. 30, 9-11am, at AASCU, 1307 New York Ave, NW, auditorium. Guest speaker: TBD.
Sarah Abernathy, Deputy Executive Director
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